Germaine R. Halegoua, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Summerfield Hall
Room 118F
University of Kansas
1300 Sunnyside Ave, Suite 230
Lawrence, KS 66045


Germaine Halegoua is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies. She received her MA and PhD from the Media & Cultural Studies program in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin –Madison. She has experience working within a variety of media industries including magazine, TV, and video production. Before coming to KU, Germaine spent a summer with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England working on projects related to location-based social media and mobile media. She currently teaches classes about digital media and society; digital storytelling; qualitative methods for digital media research; media, space, and place; and television studies.

Her research interests focus on the relationships between people, place, and digital media. In particular, she’s interested in how visions of digital media by public officials and urban planners often conflict with vernacular imaginations and actual uses of digital technologies. Her more recent projects investigate digital placemaking; smart cities and test-bed cities; experiences of digital infrastructure; social media in neighborhood contexts; and social productions of place and identity online.

Teaching Interests

  • Digital media
  • Digital storytelling
  • Television studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Professional development

Research Interests

  • Digital media studies
  • Digital placemaking
  • Social media and location
  • Mobile media
  • Urban geography and planning
  • Urban and rural informatics
  • Experiences of emerging media
  • Cultural geography of media

Selected Publications

Halegoua, Germaine R. The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place. New York, NY: NYU Press (forthcoming in 2019).

Halegoua, Germaine R. Class Distinctions in Urban Broadband Networks. In E. Polson, L. Schofield Clark, & R. Gajjala (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Media and Class. New York, NY: Routledge (forthcoming in 2019).

Halegoua, Germaine R. Foursquare: Checking In and Checking Out. In J. W. Morris & S. Murray (Eds.), Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press (2018).

Halegoua, Germaine R, and Jessa Lingel. "Lit up and left dark: Failures of imagination in urban broadband networks." New Media & Society (Jun. 2018).

Reed, Michelle, Phillip Duncan, and Germaine Halegoua. "Our Student Partners: Experiential Learning through Exploratory Research." Undergraduate research and the academic librarian: Case studies & best practices. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), October 2017.

Halegoua, Germaine R, Alex Leavitt, and Mary L Gray. "Jumping for Fun?: Negotiating Mobility and the Geopolitics of Foursquare." Social Media + Society 1-12 (Sep. 2016).

Halegoua, Germaine R. "Cultivating Digital Media Capitals: Place, Policy, and Ubiquitous Cities." Locating Emerging Media. 2015.

Halegoua, Germaine R., Aslinger, Ben (Ed.). Locating Emerging Media. Routledge, 2015.

Halegoua, Germaine R. "Digital Placemaking: Augmenting Physical Places with Contextual Social Data." AI Magazine ICWSM Workshop Report 36.4 Winter 2015.

Johnson, Bonnie, and Germaine R. Halegoua. "Can Social Media Save a Neighborhood Organization?" Planning Practice & Research (Jun. 2015).

Johnson, Bonnie, and Germaine Halegoua. "Potential and Challenges for Social Media in the Neighborhood Context." Journal of Urban Technology 21.4 (Dec. 2014): 51-75.

Halegoua, Germaine. "Performativity and the Spatial Self." Wi: Journal of Mobile Media 8.1 (Sep. 2014).

Schwartz, Raz, and Germaine R. Halegoua. "The Spatial Self: Performing Location-based Identity on Social Media." New Media and Society (9 Apr. 2014).

Halegoua, Germaine R. "Calling All Fiberhoods: Google Fiber and the Politics of Visibility." International Journal of Cultural Studies (16 Jan. 2014).

Halegoua, Germaine R. "The Policy and Export of Ubiquitous Place: Investigating South Korean U-cities." From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement. Ed. Marcus Foth, Ed. Laura Forlano, Ed. Martin Gibbs, Ed. Christine Satchell. MIT Press, 2011.

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